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Cara C. Caddoo
SUNY Research Foundation, College at Old Westbury (Old Westbury, NY 11568-1717)

The History of Early African American Cinema

Envisioned Communities examines the history of black cinema by tracking its development from the first traveling picture shows to the emergence of the race film industry. Based on thousands of previously overlooked records from the black press, my research uncovers a crucial, but forgotten chapter in the history of modern cinema---the popular practice of exhibiting moving pictures in black churches, lodges, and schools. This discovery not only repositions black men and women as pioneers of modern cinema, it also provides new insights into the intertwined relationship between black institutional life, migration, and leisure.

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Project fields:
African American History; Film History and Criticism; Urban Studies

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 12/31/2015